Hilton Birmingham at UAB, The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s flagship hotel on campus, completed its multimillion-dollar renovation, officially converting from a DoubleTree by Hilton property.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham was purchased by the UAB Educational Foundation in November of 2016. The hotel’s renovations began in March 2018, with a comprehensive design and refurbishment plan culminating in a top-to-bottom transformation of the hotel.
“The transformation has been extraordinary,” said Lisa Castagna, general manager, Hilton Birmingham at UAB. “It’s been a strategic, collaborative effort between Hilton and UAB to create this flagship Hilton property in the heart of the college campus. From the lighting fixtures above to the flooring below—and everything in between, this renovation has been marked by acute attention to detail.”
The hotel’s lobby features new, original artwork, updated seating, tables, lighting and a sundries shop. A new Connectivity Station was also added, consisting of convenient, complimentary workstations equipped with Wi-Fi enabled computers, printers and ergonomic seating. Guest corridors and public areas were also upgraded with new wall coverings, detailed crown molding and refinished guest room entry doors.
The new look of the 295 guest rooms also pays tribute to the hotel's environmental programs by offering entirely LED-lit rooms and suites. Custom guest room carpets and public areas carpets finish out the upscale look and feel. The hotel’s top floor features guest rooms with full balconies and views of Birmingham’s downtown skyline and UAB campus.
Two dining options have been introduced with the hotel’s conversion.
The Lab Bar and Kitchen, now open on the hotel’s ground floor, is a Southern-inspired, locally sourced bar and kitchen that complements Birmingham’s thriving culinary scenes. The second restaurant, The Lab Market Café, is a quick-serve cafe located next door to the Bar
A grand spiral staircase leads from the hotel lobby to two ballrooms and meeting rooms of a variety of sizes. Hilton Birmingham at UAB boasts 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The Hamilton Ballroom, named after Virginia Dare Hamilton was the only female in the Medical College of Alabama in 1946, can accommodate 800 guests. There is an additional ballroom, two boardrooms and a meeting room.
Information based off a news release from Hilton Birmingham at UAB.